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Kagro in the Morning - October 30, 2015
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Kagro in the Morning - October 29, 2015

Already tired of Republican debates? Well, there are 11 more to go - 4 this February. And, they are certain to not be any more substantive or enlightening than this one. So, what can you do? Listen to David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando on today's Kagro in the Morning. Today's show is everything the debates were not: insightful, meaningful, factual, truthful and entertaining. After listening, drop by, because by then you should have a good idea of how much you'd like to donate.

Jeb! has a lot of really cool things he could be doing right now. Good news! His debate performance is quickly making this possible.

Carson up, but his personality will catch up with him - Trump's has already, although his numbers probably have always been inflated. The debaters don't like the media, but may dislike the facts even more.  Rubio and Cruz may end standing by laying low now.

Paul Ryan did get elected Speaker of the House, with 9 voting against him. Here's a handy reference guide, previewing the fights he will have in store.

David and Armando discuss the US Constitution's Origination Clause, which factors into court challenges to Obamacare.  David dissects an article on the false promise of judicial restraint. This article was written by George Will, so unless you are a trained professional like David, do not attempt this alone.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 28, 2015

David Waldman brings us news of another gun left out, another toddler dead, 72nd this year, this time in Georgia.

Here's some good news: There's a Republican debate tonight! The subject is "The Economy", but everyone just wants to see a fight and it looks good for that.

Greg Dworkin calls in with all sorts of news and analysis you can think about between the spats tonight:

The debate will only remind us of how weak the establishment is.  Tonight is only another turn of Jeb!'s downward spiral. Marco Rubio will remind us of how he hates his present job. Is Rubio John Edwards? John Kasich will remind us of how much he hates the conservative base. Donald Trump will beg for first place again.

Bernie Sander's planners for some reason decide to reveal their hand.

The new spending deal is more of a political victory than a fiscal one - but political victories are pretty fun too. Is it the beginning of the end for all or nothing politics? What sort of barn did John Boehner leave Paul Ryan?

Now the target moves to over to Obama's prized climate rule. Greg recommends the long-read "The Plan to Save the World".

David explores whether we have reached "Peak Madness" as Jason Chaffetz introduces a resolution to impeach the IRS commissioner, four days after the Justice Department closes its investigation.

Mark Meadows finally got Boehner out of the Speaker seat, but didn't get that rush he expected. Was he outfoxed by Paul Ryan? Now he expects Ryan to get in line.

Joan McCarter returns from vacation to talk about the budget deal that really isn't the budget, not really an appropriations bill, and doesn't actually keep the government open. Nonetheless, congressional nihilists and Paul Ryan hate it, but are unlikely to kill it. That won't keep them from one last ineffectual gesture.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 27, 2015

David Waldman opens with the depressing, disturbing and all too usual news of a toddler being shot- 71st this year. Leaving guns out for kids is not home protection, therefore is not natural law.

Greg Dworkin
brings us polling and news of the world:

The White House and the Gop seemed to have reached a budget agreement, so Boehner's work here is done.

Ben Carson leads Republicans nationally now. How is this possible? How does apocalyptic pessimism rally their base? Why so grumpy? Did Sarah start it? Although maybe Jeb! should be a little bummed.

Meanwhile, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner begins to clarify the Democratic race. Sanders supporters hope to stay away from Howard Dean comparisons.

Greenland is melting away, and you can watch it.

The FBI is investigating The Hobby Lobby's violation of laws based on at least a couple commandments.

The House science committee is worse than the Benghazi committee, and the Planned Parenthood committee has not even started yet.

Political action committees do have a few scams in place for soaking the rubes, but David wonders if candidates might be actively laundering money with bulk book buying schemes?

The bipartisan budget agreement does not include a Liberty Lobby or a Galt Garret, but it does include provisions for a Freedom Foyer.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 26, 2015

Just like that pop-up message asking you to sign that petition, David Waldman is back in your face again - but in a more pleasant, helpful and interesting way:

Ben Carson quintuples down on his loonier Holocaust and gun talking points, adding several others along the way.

Neither Rand Paul nor Bacon is your friend.

Greg Dworkin rounds up opinions and polling to discuss:

Hillary Clinton is likely to be the next president, but Bernie Sanders is still out there fighting. Republicans still picture a downfall (and probably will every moment of Clinton's terms.) Here is what Gop bumperstickers mean by "lies". Trey Gowdy figures that it is also Hillary Clinton's fault that the Benghazi hearings made Republicans look bad... And the Republicans blame the Freedom Caucus for Paul Ryan?

Less people support the Tea Party and less people support Jeb! Bush. Will Marco Rubio be the last person standing? Maybe not.

David reviews the Freedom Caucus, who they are, and how they were able to get the Republicans to where they are today.

FBI director believes crime is up because police have stage fright. Maybe they just don't like a surveillance state?

Do people that run into difficulties with their pocket pistols believe that taking most precautions is as good as taking all precautions?  

You have been warned that they are coming to take your guns, but now we have discovered who they are.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 23, 2015

David Waldman explores what the options could be for the Democratic party and the 2016 presidential election considering the sudden departure of Lincoln Chaffee from Primary contention. And:

Greg Dworkin reviews the Benghazi Hearing with Hillary Clinton yesterday as another step in solidifying the nomination, and the election, as well as her image as the wonk-competent candidate. Some in the Gop, on the other hand, may come up with a different opinion.

Iowa, not representative of the political make up of America, or maybe even the Republican Party, is still first in line for nomination ballots, and Ben Carson is well-liked there, but look out for Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio moving up through the pack. Jeb!, however, burns through money, time, and support.  Donald Trump is probably at peak Trump, even as a punchline - except in South Africa where "Trump is like the hippopotamus, which rapidly twirls its tail to create a fan through which it defecates, throwing a noxious cloud on all around"

David takes another deep, deep dive into parliamentary law and procedure to discuss Paul Ryan's agreement to delay discussion about reforming the "motion to vacate" procedural motion. Ted Cruz solidifies his Gimmetarian credentials by sending a full repeal of ObamaCare to the president's desk. Marco Rubio, a Gimmy from way back, is having a hard time staying on the straight and narrow, although his staff suggests a little stealing from Starbucks couldn't hurt.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 22, 2015

David Waldman returns from yesterday’s talk about fake moderate Paul Ryan’s fake settling of fake problems with his probably real bosses the Freedom Caucus - his analysis looking pretty accurate, btw.

Greg Dworkin breaks the news that Joe Biden is still out of the presidential race, returning the people that imagined him running to considering the candidates actually doing so.

Democratic polling shows the Upstart Underdog with manifestly enthusiastic supporters closing on the Presumptive Nominee with superior organization going into the Iowa caucus.

As for Republicans, Iowa demonstrates little interest in rationality, or consistency, but quite a lot for Ben Carson.

Hillary Clinton will spend the day with Trey Gowdy and friends, the biggest question being when and where did it all go wrong for the Republicans? To answer, you can either look at the giant mountain of facts, or you can look at the the new set of spin they plan to sell themselves.

Armando continues to not wreck his car when calling in about the many complex issues of today. Topics include the history of journalistic failure, polling's dirty secret, the subtleties of the Trans-pacific Partnership, and Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus vs. Paul Davis Ryan.

Gun expert with his hand down his pants in the theater learns a new thing about his gun. Apparently, he spent time in the Army, but missed the lesson on how to tell his rifle from his gun.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 21, 2015

Greg Dworkin is busy at work, Joan McCarter is busy on vacation, so David Waldman gives us something different - devoting his entire show to one specific issue, Paul Ryan's "conditional" announcement for Gop House Speaker, and the opposition from the House Freedom Caucus. David creates a running commentary and annotation of the article entitled, "The House Freedom Caucus has some good ideas on how the US House should operate." What other program would take the time to explain the HFC, their demands for reform and the cyclical nature of those demands so you can understand it? No one.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 20, 2015

There's a new movie out soon, and folks up north are up to something, but we have an election the November after next so there is lots for David Waldman to tackle today:

Justin Trudeau's Liberal party wins big in the Canada elections.

Trolls ride the wave of Star Wars fervor, creating a trend on Twitter, mostly of people telling them to shut up.

Greg Dworkin calls in with new polling analysis: Hillary Clinton pulls further ahead, offering very little encouragement for Joe Biden's likely candidacy.  

Trump and Carson keep going up as Carly Fiorina (down 11 points) and Jeb! (just 9 points in home state Florida) plummet.

Benghazi committee Republicans announce that they will be tough, fair, professional, balanced, non-ideological, hard-working, courteous, fact-centric, focused, and courageous when they question Hillary Clinton on Thursday. Trey Gowdy will attempt credibility. Meanwhile, finding a House Gop Speaker eludes them. Paul Ryan may throw them a bone, but doesn't want to take any crap from the Freedom Caucus.

Is Bernie Sanders a Social Democrat, Democratic Socialist Capitalist, or what? Armando explains that Sanders should not let labels get in the way of his message.

Why should Americans care about Canada's election?

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Kagro in the Morning - October 19, 2015
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Kagro in the Morning - October 16, 2015

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Greg Dworkin and Armando call in and help explore the latest polling and analysis of the Democratic debate.  What does "winning the debate" mean? Are the candidates aim to be the nominee or to set the terms of the public discussion? Are the goals long or short term? Do you need to be elected to office to make or change policy, and to be consequential?

Bush and Carson lead in fundraising, but how much do they spend to raise those funds?

Is John Boehner's only legacy going to be in leaving early? Maybe he'll move a bill to lift the debt-ceiling. Mitch McConnell tries to help by making fake plans to force cuts to Social Security.

Gun-fancying blog finds concealed carrier they can call an idiot. But another MI concealed carrier shows up to take the idiot crown.

Rosalyn MacGregor reports from Michigan: Republican National committeeman, and constant embarrassment to Michigan, plans to go national.

People in Flint, MI are tired of having to boil their drinking water. Who is to blame for the decision to use the Flint River as the city's source of drinking water?

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Kagro in the Morning - October 15, 2015

David Waldman is back from one day out with a cold. Now you don't have to ponder two year old shows - get on to pondering today's show:

Greg Dworkin calls in to sift through the presidential debate fallout.

And, so, who won the debate? Was it Bernie Sanders? Was it Hillary Clinton? What do experts think? How about the polls? What does this mean for the election? Why are those five running, anyhow? Neither Sanders or Clinton lost.

During the debate the Gop offers a horrifying and offensive grab for attention. Another Goper publicly admits the Benghazi panel was designed to go after Clinton.

Armando calls in to answer the question: Who won the debate? Was it Hillary Clinton? Was it Bernie Sanders? (Only one of them will get the nomination.)

The Oath Keepers want to teach the Ben Carson Bum-Rush to students. Another example of Monty Python's prescience.

People are getting shot by toddlers on a weekly basis. Toddlers shoot someone every week in the US. But, you already knew that.

Man attempts to put out a garbage fire by driving over it in a van loaded with ammunition. It went well.

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - October 14, 2013 airing October 14, 2015
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Kagro in the Morning - October 13, 2015

Today David Waldman talks constitutional law, executive power, political moderates, calculating nihilists, plane geometry, special and general relativity, the Twin Paradox, Katamari strategy, Eli Manning and Larry Lessig. Your brain will hurt so good:

Greg Dworkin preps us for tonight's debate:

Hillary Clinton is well ahead in the polls, with or without Joe Biden. Other than CNN, who expects him to run? Will Bernie Sanders connect like he does with his crowds? Who will be tuning into the debate, and what do they want to see? But, is the smart money on Jim Webb?

Meanwhile Chris Christie promises to destroy civilization if elected, and Ted Cruz rolls about, seeing what he can pick up here and there.

Is German public opinion turning against refugees?

Today's intriguing long-read: Should we thank Obama for the gun crisis?

Right wing thinker asks "Wouldn't you wish for a gun when the Nazis come to your door?" (I would wish for a back door.)  

Armando comes on to play Constitutional Hardball: What are the vital questions that should, but won't be asked tonight?  Hillary Clinton will be seen as really not that far left. Larry Lessig isn't invited to the debate, but that's probably not a bad thing for him and the voters.

The Benghazi panel falls apart, also gets drunk, buys guns.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 12, 2015

It's the year 2015, and David Waldman sails the political scene:

Why did those Jews decide to have the Holocaust? Republicans pause in mansplaining rape to tackle this conundrum.

Greg Dworkin brings polls, polls, polls and polls to sum up:

Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic race for nomination. Especially if Joe Biden isn’t running, and he isn’t. In SC and NV Clinton is way ahead. How could she lose? She hopes to quell those worries this Tuesday.

Trump leads, Carson second, both losing. Definitely not Jeb! How about Cruz, then? Everyone wants to be president. No one wants to be House speaker.

Measles Doubter says measles happen only in your mind, bets someone to prove him wrong, the court says he's to pay up.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, DNC vice chairwoman says she was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential debate after calling for more debates. Armando calls in to discuss this, along the risks and benefits of having more debates, for the candidates and the DNC. Bernie Sanders invites Gabbard to sit with him.

Mitch McConnell, frustrated by Democrats, wants changes to the filibuster rule.

This morning at 8AM Eastern Armando visited Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny to describe the war the Roberts Court has waged on citizen access to Federal courts. If you did not hear it, tune into Netroots Radio 10AM Eastern, Saturday, or just go to to find out how mad you can get!

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Kagro in the Morning - October 9, 2015

David Waldman was hoping for a slow news day and a "Fun, Free-Form Friday", but sadly here’s another school shooting, this time at Northern Arizona University. It may be drug related, and the shooter has been identified. Are these the families Ben Carson promised to visit?

Ben Carson, who has a broad definition of "organizations" and a limited definition of "gun safety", tries again to understand “debt ceiling”.

Has the Congressional Gop quit being an "organization"? Some are concerned if they go fast or slow, some if they should stay or go, but no one wants to lead. Paul Ryan has one good reason to not be speaker. Did Kevin McCarthy jump or was he pushed?

Pastor Jim Bakker, who is still around, says satanic temples are hidden in Planned Parenthood clinics and many other crazy things. The Right has a history of graphic, misleading abortion images.

David explores the pretty common business strategy of getting employees to work for free.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 8, 2015

David Waldman, chairman of the Kagro in the Morning organization, addresses us directly from the head office in Virginia:

You would think Dr. Ben Carson had zero experience dealing with armed assailants, but he actually met one, and pointed the gunman to a better target.

Greg Dworkin helps discuss the latest polling and headlines:

Status quo in the polls - Trump leads, but isn't winning, as he slowly melts away. Dems in limbo as long as Joe Biden is stuck there.

Jason Chaffetz, proven liar, seems to be hiding subpoenaed footage from the investigation into Planned Parenthood.  

As the historic administration nears its final year, African-American leaders debate: Did Barack Obama do enough for his own community? Rupert Murdoch wishes for a "real black president".

Is Russia repeating its cold war mistakes in Syria? David looks into the history of Gamal Abdel Nasser, and the United Arab Republic.

Is Ben Carson being stupid or coy about the debt limit (and several other topics)? Which one of those qualities is behind his rise in the polls?

Kevin McCarthy is a total dope, though. Update: Still a dope. And, Paul LePage is a total crook, and bully.

4chan shuts down Eastern Kentucky University with bathroom graffiti.

End a life, get probation for mischief.

Update on Dupont and the C8 scandal covered earlier here: Dupont found negligent in a test case!

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Kagro in the Morning - October 7, 2015

Lucky for you, the world remained non-annihilated for the full duration of David Waldman’s live show. Of course, if the world ends later today we will update this post, so check back often.

Greg Dworkin issues a correction: Cuba is, in fact, part of Latin America, otherwise Greg is 110% accurate today:

Donald Trump is ahead among R’s in the states of FL, OH and Pa, while Hillary Clinton holds her leads but loses ground among D’s (Read as a “disaster” for her by the MSM) Joe Biden and Ben Carson are considered the best general election candidates in these key swing states. (BTW, Jeb! is in 4th in Florida.) Is Marco the Trump Slayer?

Joe Biden: No money, weak polls, but still Clinton’s toughest rival with moderate voters and party elites. Joe, we love you, but....

Gallup gallops away from the horse race.

Bill Clinton explains it all in 2 minutes.

Obamacare’s medicaid expansion is helping the uninsured — where it’s allowed to.

The profile for many mass shooters is becoming very familiar.

Wednesday is Joan McCarter day: We may have John Boehner to kick around longer, so John takes his time cleaning up the barn, and Jason gets to Chaffetz about as he eyes the Speaker job.

Gop House ready to Benghazi Planned Parenthood.

David and Joan discuss the need for all of you out there to report on shenanigans similar to the voter suppression methods popping up in North Carolina and Maryland. What's happening in your counties? Email !

Martin Shkreli vowed to lower the price of the drug that he raised 5000%, but he didn't say when, did he?

Florida man sacrifices goat, calls for armed rebellion, runs for office.

Woman attempts to help out Home Depot by killing their shoplifters, but seems to have missed.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 6, 2015

David Waldman tackles the big questions challenging us today. But first, why is Mike Huckabee calling for a boycott on Rainbow Doritos, but not the threat of Lucky Charms causing people to become Leprechauns?

Greg Dworkin
calls in to discuss the headlines:

Should we freak out about Marco Rubio yet? Well, superficially Rubio has some strong points and all, but the electorate never makes superficial decisions...

After Kevin McCarthy's Kinsley Gaffe, Hillary Clinton makes the first Benghazi ad hers. The Dems turn up the heat, with five Democratic members of the House select committee authoring a letter to Trey Gowdy, releasing portions of a secret transcript. How long before McCarthy is rumored to be a Democratic plant?

A mother of a Sandy Hook victim speaks at Clinton town hall. Clinton pledges to close the gun show loophole. Where is the gun debate heading?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership moves forward, influencing the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments, to rice in Japan.

David looks deeper into how Carly Fiorina sees money, charity, and people.

Fox News analyst tries to make a point, hilarity ensues.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 5, 2015

Do you find that 10 hours of Kagro in the Morning is not enough David Waldman for the week? Then you should catch David's interview and discussion of political and policy developments of the past week with Jay Ackroyd and Culture of Truth on this Sunday's broadcast of Virtually Speaking!

Greg Dworkin calls in with a list of topics and opinions that he hopes are wide ranging enough to get everyone annoyed with him.

Pragmatists for Clinton! Maybe Hillary is likable, after all. You can't pay people to like Carly Fiorina, so she doesn't bother. Greg looks at the polls heading into IA and NH: Biden not much of an issue. Bush and Rubio close as Trump drops.  

Kevin McCarthy doesn't speak well at all, so he may not get the Speaker position.

MARS attacks! David and Greg talk about the range of populists and the spectrum of populism in politics, which all share in common a tendency of losing in elections - so far.

Guns, Campuses and Madness as it is reported mom of Mom of Oregon shooter bragged about weapons she stockpiled. Now 4chan is threatening violence, putting colleges on alert. Sheriffs demand even more military weapons. And, an 11 year old shoots and kills an 8 year old because she would not show him her puppy.

House Republicans, already fighting over the candidates for speaker, majority leader and whip, find themselves fighting over when to even hold the elections.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 2, 2015

There was a mass shooting and an attempted rescue by a decorated war veteran yesterday, but as it is anymore, that massacre was pushed out of the headlines by even bigger massacre at Umpqua Community College.

Here are 5 Things to Know Now.

David tries to clarify the debate about “Gun Free Zones” and how relevant this was to this case.

How do you deal with a political party that is completely insane?

Even the sheriff responding to the killings was an anti-gun control Oath Keeper.

Where did this killer come from? Was he just looking for lulz?

Armando calls in with a plea to reconsider manufacturer liability law to help regulate killing machines. Where would automobiles be without regulation? Presently the law seems to sway far in the other direction.

Rosalyn MacGregor reports from Michigan: Update - Cindy Gamrat, Todd Courser inspire re-election prevention bill. Sterilization denial for woman with brain tumor highlights religious liberty conflict.

How clued in was Pope Francis on Kim Davis? Was the Pope swindled?

Monday morning - Tune into Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny at 8AM, just before Kagro in the Morning on Netroots Radio. The topic: A deep analysis of the US trade deficit - is it a net gain or net loss?

Right Now - check out this interview with David Waldman on! David talks about Gun Fails & School Shootings vs. the Mighty Gun Lobby!

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Kagro in the Morning - October 1, 2015

David Waldman presents Kagro in the Morning - now with an previously unheard 15 minutes (which were dropped out by internet glitches)!

Speaking of FUBAR, Hillary Clinton would like that explained, as more of her email is picked over for click bait and partisan spin. Speaking of FUBAR:

The media has Biden Fever, and the only prescription is more speculation.

House Whip, maybe soon Speaker Kevin McCarthy really steps into a truth about how
the Gop operates. And - no one has a clue what to do, or what will happen with John Boehner gone.

The financial industry, previously self-FUBARed, has learned nothing.

At least the vaccine opponents fell short in California.

After discussing all of the above, Greg Dworkin wonders if Obama may just be playing it right in Syria.

David tries to figure out what the Republicans will do now that Boehner is untethered. Will they follow the money, their ideology, or what’s right or wrong? (probably money)

Ex-congressman Paul Broun sad that he didn’t get in on that sweet Speaker ousting action, setting up to fire whoever comes along.

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